"Nicholas Kaufmann offers up an unputdownable blend of gruesome body horror and fast-paced suspense." - Ray Garton, author of Live Girls and Ravenous
Medical Examiner Dr. Laura Powell didn't think anything could be more frightening than what she uncovered in an autopsy a year ago. Yet, in this chilling sequel to Nicholas Kaufmann's bestselling The Hungry Earth, the cause of death is literally petrifying.
When a completely petrified corpse ends up on her autopsy table, Laura is convinced it must be a fossil, but the evidence says otherwise. Impossibly, the man on her table died in a car crash earlier that day. But what could cause a human body to transform so quickly from flesh to a hard stonelike substance?
Laura's investigation takes her out of her hometown of Sakima, New York, and into dangerous new territory. From the streets of Valley Grove, home to a fundamentalist religious sect under the thumb of a brutal, vindictive leader, to the bowels of Thurmond Biotech, a secretive pharmaceutical company hellbent on developing the first anti-aging miracle drug, what she unearths is far more terrifying than she could have imagined.
Vicious, deadly creatures are preying on the people of Valley Grove, killing them with a highly toxic venom that ravages and transforms their bodies in horrifying ways. As the creatures claim more victims, striking from out of the darkness with lightning-fast speed, Laura must find a way to stop them before they spread to the rest of the Hudson Valley. But will her search for answers put her in even more danger by sending her into the heart of the creatures' den?
With The Stone Serpent, multiple award-nominated author Nicholas Kaufmann delivers another gripping thriller in the Dr. Laura Powell series.
About the Author
Nicholas Kaufmann, an experienced poet, has long turned to the art of poetry to explore and navigate emotions that often elude him in everyday conversations. For him, the act of creating art, be it through poetry, painting, or any other creative medium, is crucial not only for his own well-being but also for others. He firmly believes that artistic expression serves as a lifeline, offering a voice and a sanctuary for those who feel powerless. In publishing his book, Nicholas aspires to extend this lifeline to individuals trapped in similar cycles of despair and stagnation. His goal is to reassure them that they are not alone in their struggles. Through his poetry, he aims to provide solace and the possibility of moving beyond their pain, offering a beacon of hope to those who need it most.